Woodworking blog entries tagged with 'white oak'

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Modern Woodworking Project #3: Modern Floating Shelves with Frames

12-20-2021 08:35 PM by TimberBiscuit | 1 comment »

Today I am making some floating shelves with floating frames. These combine the ever-popular floating wall shelf with a picture frame border attached via a small groove. These make a great addition to a gallery wall or by themselves for you to display pictures, knick-knacks, and trinkets! The floating shelves are made of sturdy white oak, and the frames are walnut. I used a cool technique to ebonize the walnut by combining steel wool and vinegar to make iron acetate. When you apply this to...

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Menorah tests

11-30-2020 01:13 PM by Worncogwood | 0 comments »

Menorah tests that I built. Waiting on some hardware to test. Alder one is bugging me more than it should I screwed up the glue up so the heartwood is mismatched.

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Forge table #1: Oak top

10-04-2020 07:21 PM by Dave Polaschek | 15 comments »

I bought a little forge for the shop, and it arrived last week. Hoping to use it for the knife swap that’s just begun. One of the things I’m short on in my shop is flat surfaces, so I decided to build a little table for the forge and associated tools to sit on (the anvil will hopefully get a stump). I dug through the pile of wood, and found a chunk of 7/4 oak, already planed smooth (so 1½ inches thick), that’s 6½ inches wide and 4 feet long. I decided a table top 16×18 inches or so...

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Good way to join LJ

11-15-2019 12:12 AM by hungrypacman | 6 comments »

Wow, what a great idea it was to finally join LJ and immediately participate in the 2019 Mallet Swap! Not only I got to try making one (took way more time than I expected or had been ready to spend), but also received a much nicer one from d¤¤¤¤¤¤¤¤. Since I finally got to use some wood I haven’t had a chance to try before, I learned that: White oak is a really nice wood to work on. Reasonably hard to make tools from, pleasant texture. Chichipate is really hard, but is much ni...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #40: A pair of pedestal servers - BIG pedestal servers

09-20-2019 08:15 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

I received a commission for a pair of pedestal servers. Big pedestal servers. The client wanted 16” diameter platters, and ~11” tall pedestals. He and his partner host elaborate drinks and appetizer parties, and these will be the centerpieces of their table. I learned quite a bit during this project. – Build in a hollow / dado on the inside of your blank when you are going to drill it out; it took forever to drill the first pedestal, but I left a space in the glue up fo...

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Seal Coat shellac under varnish on exterior oak door?

09-05-2019 01:16 AM by royroy | 2 comments »

Hi all,I’m about ready to seal, stain and top coat a new, white oak, storm door in Cincinnati. So I’m wondering about using Zinsser’s Seal Coat before the stain goes on and then putting a few coats of Epifane’s varnish to finish it all off. The Seal Coat can says “interior” but with three coats or more of the Epifanes varnish won’t that protect the Seal Coat? I like the warm tone the 1:1 Seal Coat provided on the test pieces. I sent a email to Epifane...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #32: My new favorite turning project

08-01-2019 04:52 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

This is the second project I have made from a 8/4 remnant, where I cut the piece in half and then glued the resulting pieces together. Both times, there was reasonable grain match so the resulting blank did not look obviously like it glued up from narrower pieces. This started as a piece of white oak from the scrap bins at Forest Products in Maplewood, MN (always a good place to get a cheap haul of offcuts from their cabinet shop operation). I am really happy with the rolled rim and the overa...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #28: Another square bowl

07-18-2019 01:45 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

The first square I made was a challenge that I enjoyed, so when I unearthed a square of white oak that was left over from a project for friends (we replaced the threshold of their exterior door), I knew it had to be a square bowl. I drew inspiration from several Youtubers (thank you to all the folks that do such a wonderful job sharing their skills and process via that medium!) for a bowl with closed corners / feet. I didn’t about chip out with the thin areas at the edges of the feet...

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50 for 50 - turning 50 as I turn 50 #12: Youtube inspiration

04-03-2019 07:40 PM by mnguy | 0 comments »

I have become a bit addicted to Gord Rock’s Youtube channel. I find his level of explanation, his dry humor and his pacing much to my liking. The fact he has the same Nova lathe as I do also helps :). He has posted videos making a couple shallow bowls / platters from ~8/4 planks, where he edge glues them to get a bigger diameter blank. I liked the look of the form he made, and I had length of 8/4 white oak left over from a project making a new threshold for friends’ back door, ...

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Wood stabilizing #5: Dyeing experiments

01-06-2019 05:15 PM by Dave Polaschek | 16 comments »

Having somewhat successfully stabilized a couple batches of wood, I figured it was time to add dyeing to the list. I started with two tubs of cactus juice, dyed blue and red, and set pieces of wood in them for fifteen minutes or so. No vacuum, just open air. The woods were some spalted maple, some rock maple, some hickory, and some white oak. The fifteen minutes was a guess. It turned out to be about right for the spalted maple, but nowhere near long enough for the oak or rock ma...

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